India and Pakistan Need to Do Better to Take World Hockey Forward Siegfried Ekman

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Pakistan head coach Siegfried Ekman has said that India and Pakistan need to do better to take the world hockey forward.

The 63-year-old Dutch coach said that India is doing well at the moment, but Pakistan needs to improve its hockey.

India and Pakistan dominated world hockey for decades until the 1970s before losing their dominant position after the 1980s. But India has bounced back and won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year and the men’s team is currently ranked third in the world, but Pakistan is ranked 18th in the FIH rankings.

Speaking ahead of the start of the men’s Asia Cup, Pakistan’s new head coach Ekman said, “India and Pakistan need to do well to move forward in world hockey.

India is doing well at the moment. But we need to improve ourselves.” And I hope I can do that here. I can make Pakistan hockey better again. I want to develop a framework in the country where we can start producing players at the grassroots level.”

The Asia Cup World Cup qualifiers, starting May 23 in Jakarta. India, Japan, Pakistan and hosts Indonesia have been placed in Pool A while Malaysia, Korea, Oman and Bangladesh have been placed in Pool B.

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